Barb graduated from J. W. Sexton High School and Michigan State University, and taught school in Marshall and Lansing. She was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lansing and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs, FL. A member of the Junior League of Lansing, League Club of Naples, St. Lawrence Hospital Auxiliary, the Country Club of Lansing, and the Pelican’s Nest Golf Club in Bonita Springs, and various other community organizations. Barbara enjoyed the sunsets on Lake Michigan and watching her grandchildren playing on the beach. She enjoyed playing bridge, and thanks her friends for their patience. She also loved her book club, golf, concerts and her friends, old and new.
She was the loving wife of Richard of 56 years; loving mother of Pamela (Russell) Austin of Dublin, OH, Catherine (Joseph) Phoenix of Wellesley, MA, Tonya (Benjamin) Kennedy of Cincinnati, OH; loving grandmother of Margaret and Mackenzie Austin, Maxine and Thomas Phoenix, Georgia and Piper Kennedy. Also surviving are brother and sister-in-law Edwin and Linda McLean of Grand Rapids, MI, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Roger McLean.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 2013 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 W. Ottawa, Lansing, with The Rev. Karen C. Lewis officiating, assisted by the Rev. Carol Spangenberg. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Bonita Springs, or Sparrow Hospice, c/o the Sparrow Foundation. Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.